Five Croatian Grape Varieties to be Planted in Japan
Indigenous Croatian grape varieties are to be planted in Nagasaki, Japan, producing the first top-quality Croatian-Japanese wine.
This week 100 seedlings of five Indigenous Croatian grape varieties – plavac mali, plavina, pošip, vugava and maraština – will head off to Japan. After a year of observation in plant quarantine in the city of Kobe, planting will start in Nagasaki with the aim of producing Croatian wine on Japanese soil.
The project was launched by Japanese company Memolead Group, Faculty of Agriculture in Zagreb and the University of Nagasaki after the initiative of Zadar winemaker Milenko Rajic and Jelena Yamasaki from Osaka in Japan.
As part of the project, three students from the University of Nagasaki will come to the Faculty of Agriculture in Zagreb. They will be taught how to prepare for planting and maintaining vineyards in Nagasaki or on the neighboring island of Gōto by professor Edi Maletic.
One of the key figures in making this project happen was Jelena Yamasaki, a Croatian who now lives in Osaka.
“We will, we will succeed! I am optimistic and full of enthusiasm as always when it comes to Croatia, regardless of the almost impossible conditions for planting noble vines such as there are in Nagasaki,” said Jelena, who was born in Zagreb and is the only permanent Croatian resident in Osaka.
Yamasaki was also a key connection in making Zadar’s “Tuna, Sushi & Wine Festival” happen and is the founder of the NPO JCEA Japanese-Croatian Exchange Society and the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Croatia in Osaka.
Another key player in the project has been winemaker Milenko Rajic as the idea to plant the Croatian varieties in Japan developed at his vineyard to the “Kraljevskih vinograda” in Petrcane.
Following the chemical analysis of soil and climate conditions in Japan, Professor Maletic proposed six indigenous varieties which were compatible with the Japanese area, provided that they are covered when planting due to heavy rains there and moisture regulating.
Nagasaki is similar to Zagreb with 1,900 sunshine hours only a year. The selection of six indigenous sorts was reduced to five.
“I believe that the final product of this project will be the same quality wine as that which is produced in Croatia, and this should further deepen the linkage and friendship between Nagasaki and Croatia,” Professor Daisuke Matsushima from Nagasaki University said.
Croatia Enters Space Agency Agreement
Croatia has signed a Cooperation Agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA) on 19 February 2018. This agreement will allow Croatia and ESA to create the framework for a more intensive and concrete cooperation related to ESA programmes and activities, ESA reports.
Blaženka Divjak, Croatian Minister of Science and Education, and Frédéric Nordlund, Head of External Relations Department, on behalf of the ESA Director General, signed the agreement during an official ceremony in Zagreb, Croatia.
With this agreement, ESA has now established formal cooperation with all EU Member States that are not Member States of ESA. This cooperative step with Croatia will create new and truly valued concrete opportunities for both parties. Minister Divjak said: “We need to build synergies through this agreement between space science, research, education and industry.”
The ESA Director General conducts a series of biannual meetings with representatives of the EU Member States that are not Member States of ESA. Croatia attended these meetings and, through this agreement, is given the opportunity to participate as observer in ESA Council meetings as well as that of its subordinate bodies.
Discussions between ESA and Croatia, represented by the Ministry of Science and Education, about a potential cooperation started in 2014. The first negotiation meeting took place in May 2015 in Zagreb. The government of Croatia has nominated the Ministry of Science and Education as ESA’s counterpart for the implementation of this Cooperation Agreement.
Among the Croatian entities involved in space are the Rudjer Boskovic Institute (RBI), Meteorological and Hydrological Service (DHMZ), the National Protection and Rescue Directorate (DUZS), Croatian Academy of Science and Arts (HAZU) and the Faculties of Science, Electrical Engineering and Computing, Geodesy, Transport, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of the University of Zagreb and other leading universities in Croatia. A number of Croatian companies are also involved in space, particularly in satellite software development.
Croatia as a Wedding & Honeymoon Destination
Dreamtime Events Croatia, Croatia’s most prestigious and bespoke wedding planning and corporate events company held a private party at Ognisko Private Members Club in South Kensington, Thursday 15th February 2018.
The event, hosted by Dreamtime CEO, Branka Cubelic was organised to promote Croatia and to entice couples to choose Croatia for their destination wedding, honeymoon and/or elopement.
Dreamtime also specialises in corporate events and the evening was the perfect opportunity to meet with the Dreamtime Team, couples that have gotten married in Croatia through the services of Dreamtime Events and also couples who are about to say ‘I do’ in Croatia. Branka proudly recognised couples who have chosen to wed in Croatia as the greatest ambassadors for the country.
Honorary guests included Lady Campbell and Mrs. Hamilton, who were both recipients of self-portraits painted from Dalmatian red wine by talented local Croatian artist, Marina Tomasevic. Branka also presented Prince Leo of Breithen-Thurn with a special gift from Croatia, Croatia’s most exclusive necktie brand.
VIP guests included members of the Royal Family including, Prince Nicholas of Romania, Crown Prince Boris of Bulgaria, Countess Olympia of Lauterburg, Archduchess Anna-Monica of Austria, Princess Royal of Hungary, Duke Olivier of Crussol d’Uzes, Lady Campbell, Prince Leo of Breithen-Thurn.
His Excellency Mr Christian Nkambule, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Swaziland, Dr. Priyanka Kedia Goel, Mrs. Metoda Mikuz, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Slovenia in London, Mrs. Victoria Christian, daughter of Clive Christian and Lady Campbell’s twin sons, Sir Dmitri Campbell and Sir Michael Campbell were also in attendance.
Catering was provided by the famous restaurant, Zrno Soli located in Split, Croatia who flew in 3 chefs from the restaurant to cater for the evening and free-flowing red and white wine by Zdjelarevic vino.
The evening also included a special performance by Eve Polycarpou from Mamma Mia 2, who admitted that Croatia stole her heart last summer while she was on set on island Vis.
TOP 5 Best Destinations in Europe – Hvar among them!
The results are in – after hundreds of thousands of travellers from around the world voted to choose their favourite destination for 2018, our very own Hvar Island, in the heart of beautiful Dalmatia, has placed as the 4th best destination in Europe.
Hvar Island received great support from locals, the media, tourist boards and the strong Croatian National Tourism Board, but also from its foreign guests – 66% of the votes for Hvar were from abroad Croatia.
This was the 9th edition organised by European Best Destinations, and 20 of the trendiest European destinations were selected to take part. The competition lasted 3 weeks and collected 320,793 votes from 162 countries.
The event received great media coverage resulting in over 400 media articles already mentioning the 20 destinations involved in the competition, and the voting page was shared over 30.000 times on social media.
This placement is of great importance for Croatia’s sunniest island – the top 15 destinations from previous elections enjoyed a global growth of tourism of approximately +15% and more than 10 million of media coverage pieces.
During the following year, and up until the next election, the beauty and truly diverse touristic offer of Hvar island – with its active tourism, relaxing resorts, pure nature, historic sites, and vibrant nightlife – will be promoted to more than 5,5 million of travellers as one of the hottest destinations for 2018.
This year, the title of European Best Destination went to Wroclaw in Poland. Surrounded by canals and dotted with more than 120 bridges linking 12 beautiful islands, Wroclaw is also known as the “Polish Venice”.
“We’re looking forward to this season on Hvar – exploring its towns and villages, hidden corners, amazing beaches, thousands of years of history, local tasty food and delicious wine. See you there,” the Stari Grad Tourist Board extends to tourists.
Mesmirizing Spots Tourists Often Miss in Croatia
Dubrovnik’s stone walls, Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Plitvice Lakes National Park and more recently Game of Thrones filming locations are some of Croatia’s main attractions tourists flock to.
But Croatia is full of hundreds of hidden gems. There are many attractions tourists aren’t sometimes familiar with.
Here are just 10 different places you may not have heard about that are worth checking out.
SUNKEN WWII SHIP
The remains of a sunken German WWII ship is hidden in a clear water in Zavratnica bay near Jablanac port, beneath the Velebit mountain.
Tesla’s Birthplace Museum is located in the city of Smiljan in Lika. The museum is made of two halves of Tesla’s life – his country upbringing and his science-oriented life. The multimedia center demonstrates rotating magnetic field principles using an iron egg and spins it in different directions.
Galešnjak Island, “Lover’s island”, is a large and accurately defined heart-shaped island, settled near the coast of Turanj, near the Sveti Filip i Jakov. Spectacular aerial view and beautiful boat ride are the right choices to see this small and loveable island.
WALLS OF STON
Known as the “European Wall of China”, the Walls of Ston in southern Croatia are the longest preserved fortification system in the world after the Great Wall of China.
The Walls of Ston protected the city from Ottomans for more than 500 years. Settled on the hillside, the walls and forty defensive towers look over the beautiful Adriatic sea.
HOUSE IN A HOUSE
The house in a house and its legend is located on the island of Brač. Walls of a bigger house were built around the small house that belonged to a man, Marko, who did not want to sell his home and make way for a mansion. After a crazy dispute, the wealthy family Vuković decided to build a house on their land – around Marko’s house.
Also on Brač, an interesting walking tour around this historical and magical monastery settled around the cliffs in the desert of Brač, a few kilometers from the bay will take you back to the early 16th century.
Today this is a museum filled with around 10 000 books, paintings, rich armor collection, a piano and a telescope that were allegedly acquired through the exchange of monastery’s farm products such as olive oil, wine and honey.
PAPUK NATURE PARK
Papuk is the largest mountain in Slavonia, near the city of Požega. It is a protected area and Croatian Geopark. It is perfect for recreation – mountaineering, hiking or horse riding because its highest peak is 953 meters high. Visit Ružica grad which is the biggest Medieval fort in Slavonia and one of the biggest in Croatia.
Located in Karlovac, the city located between four rivers, Kupa, Korana, Mrežnica and Dobra, Aquatika is the first freshwater aquarium in Croatia and one of the biggest in this part of Europe. Aquatika has more than 100 fish sorts, is located underground and together with impressive glass walls makes a great experience number one on this list.
A lookout on a hill 138 meters above the sea level, the Trsat Castle guarded the city of Rijeka since 1288. Even before, this site was a Liburnian observation which had also served to the Romans as their defense system. The early medieval town also offers the magnificent view over the city, sea and the ruins on the opposite hills.
BEAR SANCTUARY KUTEREVO
Orphaned brown bears, eight of them, that live in this sanctuary in Kuterevo, weren’t able to survive in the wildness. Here, in the middle of the wild nature, they are protected and are given another home. Volunteers take care of them and every year new travelers come to spend few days and enjoy the company of bear and human company.